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Joining the US military

Joining the US military

February 26, 2013

Wake up at 0400 hours and get the ammo. Not the usual routine for a Brookline graduate, but when Army National Guard Specialist Myke Pierre-Louis, BHS ‘08, was deployed in Afghanistan, this was how he started his days. At Brookline, few students go into the military after graduation. The few...

Dancing shines at Pajama Game

Dancing shines at Pajama Game

February 26, 2013

The curtains open on a stairwell leading to a 1950s factory. But this is not a scene of industrial malaise. The set is awash in orange, aquamarine and bright pink, and the cast members do not wear rags but flowy, polka-dotted dresses. Like their set, which gave life to a scene of real-life drudgery...

Student adapts to allergy by founding gluten-free baking business

Student adapts to allergy by founding gluten-free baking business

February 25, 2013

One fall morning of her freshman year, sophomore Sarah Silvestri awoke to the worst in a series of stomach pains, pain so intense it brought her to the emergency room. After six weeks of testing, doctors concluded that she had celiac disease and would no longer be able to eat gluten, let alone co...

Guest storyteller presents oral and musical history of Guinea

Guest storyteller presents oral and musical history of Guinea

February 25, 2013

A collection of five students crowd in a tightly-packed semicircle, a variety of African hand drums placed loosely between their legs. Their eyes gaze intently forward. In front of the students sits West African musician Famoro Dioubate with his personal balafon, an instrument that resembles a xylop...

Lunar New Year gains recognition

Lunar New Year gains recognition

February 25, 2013

The Lunar New Year has been accepted as a Category II holiday. Now, teachers cannot assign homework the day before or have work due the day or day after. Although Lunar New Year is traditionally an exuberant, joyful holiday, many students in past years were forced to spend it in a less exciting way: stu...

Sports offer English language learners an outlet

Sports offer English language learners an outlet

February 4, 2013

A little girl took the first step off her plane and into America. She carried wrinkled letters and gifts from her friends which she had re-read numerous times. Her family lugged around 10 big boxes, three suitcases and her dog as they navigated from the airport to their hotel. She found it unreal tha...

Poetry Club broadcasts student voices through slam

Poetry Club broadcasts student voices through slam

January 18, 2013

Picture a million words, thoughts and feelings running around in an enclosed box. This is what the mind of a teenager looks like. In order to express themselves, some teenagers need a medium with as many possibilities as their own minds–poetry. When he arrived at the high school, freshman Jo...

Wrestling team promotes cohesiveness

Wrestling team promotes cohesiveness

January 18, 2013

For a sport played between two people, wrestling is actually about the whole team. Some think of wrestling as an individual sport, or even as a selfish one. A varsity team captain, senior Ramesses Akamefula experienced this firsthand when he decided to quit football to focus on his wrestling career. “I...

Legislature passes revised technology policy

Legislature passes revised technology policy

January 18, 2013

Legislature passed a new technology bill with a 20-2 vote on Jan. 10 with one student and one teacher opposing. The bill has been sent to Headmaster Deborah Holman, who has 15 days to sign, veto or propose certain changes to the bill before it can take effect. The new policy, Rule 1.4: The Policy on Personal Electro...

Community remembers José Vázquez Vinasco

Community remembers José Vázquez Vinasco

January 18, 2013

The photos on display showed a baby at his christening, a boy playing on a toy truck with his brother, and a young man in a high school hallway. In all, José Vázquez Vinasco was beaming. Friends, family, teachers and doctors gathered together in the MLK Room on Monday, Jan. 14 to honor José, who...

Instructors strive to improve vocational curriculum

Instructors strive to improve vocational curriculum

January 18, 2013

In the basement of the Unified Arts Building is a room with three rusty cars from the 80s. Every morning at 8:20 a.m., a dozen or so students file into the room to work with various automotive tools and components. Standing in one corner is a whiteboard with Ohm’s law written on it. “Physics,...

Fundraisers prove to be a vital part of the operation of sports teams

Fundraisers prove to be a vital part of the operation of sports teams

January 10, 2013

Any member of a sports team can tell you that it is a lot of responsibility to your teammates and coaches. But at the high school, students have a whole other hurdle: fundraising. Fundraising is a carefully orchestrated aspect of sports that athletes, coaches, and the administrators all participate...

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